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Can confirm.

Got 4000 stars on GitHub and suddendly a publisher offered me a book deal.

Had some interviews and people told me, they already knew me from the news, where I got to via the 4k GitHub stars.

Please do elaborate if you can.

I wrote a React tutorial in 2015.

A React core dev starred it on GitHub.

I got about 4k stars for this and some news coverage (front-end/JS/React news)

Some publisher asked me if I want to turn it into a book, so he can sell it for/with me.

Later I had a few interviews where I was asked to show my GitHub account. When the interviewers saw the 4k repo they told me they read about it a few days ago in the news and now they were impressed because they talking to the creator of it in person.

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